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The Timeless Myths: How Ancient Legends Influence the World Around Us
     

The Timeless Myths: How Ancient Legends Influence the World Around Us

by Alexander Eliot, Robert A. Thurmna
 
Through myth, we are connected to timeless worlds that immeasurably enhance our own experience as travelers in time. Here you will find no easy answers to the great questions that humanity has asked itself from the beginning. Instead, you will see the questions themselves unfold in fresh and sometimes thrilling ways.

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Through myth, we are connected to timeless worlds that immeasurably enhance our own experience as travelers in time. Here you will find no easy answers to the great questions that humanity has asked itself from the beginning. Instead, you will see the questions themselves unfold in fresh and sometimes thrilling ways.

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Donna Seaman
In "Universal Myths" (1989), "Global Myths" (1993), and now, "Timeless Myths", mythologist and art historian Eliot elucidates the roles myths play in our cultures and psyches. In his latest fluent and imaginative foray into the world of myth, fairy tale, and art, Eliot explains his theory of the "mythosphere," his term for the realm our thoughts, imaginings, and dreams occupy. Eliot emulates the pervasiveness and fluidity of the "mythosphere" in his beautifully written, seemingly free-associative narrative, which meanders, in one section, from Dionysus to Pythagoras, a brief history of ancient medicine, and the story of Ireland's St. Patrick. Later he talks about Montaigne, Picasso, Whistler, and Hopper. Along the way, we get caught up in all the myths and fairy tales Eliot tells so well, then realize that he's also offering philosophical advice for living a balanced life. Eliot makes many valid and stimulating points while he entertains, enlightens, and performs feats of unexpected comparison. All good fun, but the lack of in-depth analysis or thorough documentation of sources makes this an impressionistic narrative, sort of the cream on top of more scholarly mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826408693
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.76(d)

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